Women living with HIV speak out against violence

Violence against women and girls is an unacceptable violation of basic human rights. It also is so widespread that ending it must be a public health priority. An estimated one in three women is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner during her lifetime. Intimate partner violence has been shown to increase the risk of HIV infection by around 50 per cent, and violence (and the fear of violence) deters women and girls from seeking services for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): HIV and AIDS; Domestic violence/interpersonal violence; Health; Ending violence against women and girls

Resource type: Issue papers

Resource year: 2014

Publishing entities: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UN-AIDS)